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  • 1 University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa” 16 University St. 700115 Iasi Romania
  • 2 Iasi Regional Center of National Institute of Public Health 14 Victor Babes St. 700465 Iasi Romania
  • 3 University of Szeged Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine H-6720 Szeged Dóm tér 10 Hungary
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The purpose of the study was to assess the effectiveness of meal replacement diets in body weight management and the impact on the body composition of working age people, when the participants purchased the products and followed the weight loss program outside the clinical trial.In weight loss programs (3.98±2.29 months), 79 participants (56 women, 23 men) lost an average of 10.19±6.1 kg of their body weight, 11.47±9.15 cm in the waist circumference, and 5.29±5.46 of the percentage of body fat. Replacing two meals a day was an effective way to loose weight because of its simplicity and convenience of use. The cost of the products and the monotony of the diet were the main causes of abandoning the diet. After the diet subjects were followed for an average of 11.28±8.1 months, and for the entire group of participants an average weight gain of 2.86±3.02 kg was observed compared to the minimum weight (31.5% of weight lost). Long-term maintenance was better in the subjects that replaced one meal a day, but is still a challenge and required further research.

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